Identifying WWII medals and obtaining replacements

#1
Hello all,

I would like your help and advice please. My grandad served in the Worcestershire regiment during WWII. His army career peaked with a promotion to Lance Corporal which was removed the day after for fighting! He was at Dunkirk and at some point was injured when his lorry (which I believe he was driving) was attacked. He recovered from severe burns to lead a long life and have two children. He had some medals from his service and unfortunately at some point after my grandad passed away these went missing. I would like to try to replace them and pass them down as an important piece of our family history.

I have a very out of focus 25 year old photo (and the colours are very oversaturated!) of them and have identified most but there are two I cannot - the third from left on the top row, and last one on the bottom row. Can you help?

http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/853/medals.jpg

Top row (L-R)
1 1939 - 1945 Star (Second World War Campaign Medal)
2 Defence Medal
3 ???
4 War Medal 1939-45

Bottom Row (L-R)
5 Dunkirk Medal 1940
6 ???

Does anyone happen to know if replacements (rather than replicas) can be obtained by family members? Many thanks for any help.

Richard
 
#9
The MOD Medal Office details:
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/Veterans/Medals/
The next of kin can apply for unissued medals. Replacements can be issued for stolen medals with a police crime number. You may have trouble applying for replacements for missing medals without a crime number.
Give them a call, they are very helpful.
You can get medal records from the National Archives website and service records from Ancestry.co.uk. But not for free.
 
#11
@MuddleMaker - the Dunkirk medal was issued by the town/people of Dunkirk I believe, so not a British Army Medal. My grandad was a member of the Dunkirk Veterans Association and went on a trip there. Maybe that is how he got it. He wasn't captured, but evacuated back to Blighty.
 
#12
If you're attempting to recreate your granddad's medal set, your best bet maybe is to look for a medal dealer and buy copies of the correct ones your granddad had earned. It doesn't sound like the MoD will reissue you a new set. Fortunately the medals were not named for WW II service so you won't have the awkward necessity of explaining why there's a strange man's name on what is supposed to be your grandpa's medals. You might get some help from these chaps too:

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